AIBE is a post qualification examination. Which means that this exam is to be taken after you clear your LL.B.
This exam is mandatory for all those who want to practice law in any court of India as an advocate. It is conducted once or twice a year.
The Bar Council Of India (BCI) conducts this exam to maintain a good standard of practicing lawyers in the Bar.
Mode of Exam: Offline
Exam Level: National level
Exam Format: Objective (MCQ based)
It’s an open book examination. BCI allows you to carry all your study material. Example: Bare Acts, books, notes, etc. except for anything in the electronic form. So students carrying huge bags of study material is a common sight at any AIBE exam center 😀 .
to apply for the exam?
- You need to have a qualified bachelor degree in law either five-year integrated or three-year LL.B. programme.
- Law degree must be awarded by any Indian Institute.
- You must be a citizen of India.
- Enrolled with any State Bar Council and must possess an Advocate ID Card & Enrollment Certificate (issued by the State Bar Council).
- If you belong to any of the reserved categories (SC/ST/EBC/PwD) then you need to have the respective certificates for claiming the reservation.
Enrolment in your State Bar Council (SBC)
For enrolment in your SBC, you have to first buy a form for the same from your respective SBC after payment of the form fees with a receipt of the fees paid.
Then you have to submit the said form along with certain documents and pay certain specified fees as part of the enrolment fees to the SBC (which vary from state to state) and to the Bar Council of India as part of the enrolment procedure.
Usually, for enrolling in your State Bar Council, the requirements are:
- Passing Certificate of your Graduation.
- Mark sheets of your Law examinations.
- Address proof.
- An Undertaking in case of any gap in regular education.
- Passport size photographs in the dress code of an advocate.
- 2 Demand drafts, one for your State Bar Council and other Rs.150 DD for Bar Council of India.
Apart from the above, some requirements may vary from state to state. All the required documents must be attested. While there are some states which may accept the documents without attestation.
HOT tip-Make soft copies of all your imp documents, because you will need it while filing the application form.
After you enroll you will receive an Advocate ID Card & Enrollment Certificate issued by respective State Bar Council within few days.
Online Application Procedure
- Go to the allindiabarexamination.com website. Click the ‘Register here’ link on the left side menu of the home page.
- Fill the Registration Form, upload your documents. Enter your Enrolment number (Your State Bar Council Enrolment number) with the State Code accurately, as per your Enrolment Certificate. Use your current and active mobile number, email address in the AIBE form.
- ‘Save’ after completion – on the last page. After that, your AIBE Registration Number & Password will be generated and sent to your mobile number & email ID.
- Check your email ID for AIBE Registration number & Password. Note these details on your pc or mobile. Also, take a print-out for your records.
- Go to the home page of allindiabarexamination.com. Click on the ‘Login Here’ link on the left side menu of the page. Enter your Registration Number & Password. Click on the ‘Login’ button.
- After you successfully log in, you will see your registration details.
Double check all the details. Click on the ‘Print Challan’ button to print the State Bank of India payment slip. If your details are incorrect, contact AIBE helpdesk numbers or the official email address for corrections.
- After clicking on the ‘Print Challan’ button, you will see the SBI payment challan.
Take a print out of the challan.
- It takes around 24 hours after registration, for challan details to get activated for payment.
- Complete the payment in the bank and retain the sealed & signed Candidate copy of the challan with you. (You can also keep a soft copy of the challan as a picture on your mobile phone.)
- Scan the document. Keep a soft-copy of the document ready for upload into the AIBE website.
- Wait for at least 24 hours, for AIBE to update the SBI payment details on their website. Login to your account. On your profile page where you see your Registration details, click on the ‘Upload Challan & Details’ button. Upload page will appear.
- Upload the soft-copy of the challan and enter the ‘journal number’, ‘branch code’ & ‘date of challan’ exactly as mentioned on the student copy of the challan copy. Click the ‘submit’ button.
- Go back to the Registration details page. Click on the ‘Application Form’ button. Take a print out of the complete Application Form for your reference.
- Double check your details, photograph & signature on the application form. If there are any errors or missing details, kindly contact the AIBE helpdesk numbers or send them an email.
- Your registration is now complete! Finally, you will log in to the AIBE website once the admit cards are ready.
- Download + print a copy of admit card. If you get stuck anywhere during the process, you can contact AIBE from the Contact Us section on their website.
Clear AIBE in first attempt
After the registration process is over, you must start preparing for the examination. You may think that its an open book exam having the same LL.B. syllabus. But, still many students fail in this exam, you can ask your seniors about it.
Also, there are certain areas of law which are overlapping over certain parts and are not completely separable.
Though it is an open book exam, you must know exactly from which Act is the question asked.
As it is an MCQ based exam, you don’t have to mug up stuff. But, you need to practice.
Bare Acts are a must for this exam, just go through it, especially the index part.
Then start practicing previous year qt. papers. Time yourself and solve the papers so that your speed improves. Check your answers and correct the wrong ones. Solve as many as you can, at least 3-4.
I followed the above plan and cleared the exam in my first attempt. There are many courses available online, which are good and you can opt for them too.
But, if you don’t want to spend money on it, then my suggestion would be that you can follow the above plan.
If you truly follow it and practice, then there are hardly any chances of your failure.
After you appear for AIBE, results will be declared within few months. You will only come to know that you are passed or failed in the exam, they don’t disclose your marks.
Then, you will receive a “Certificate of Practice” from the Bar Council of India.
One very important doubt which arises in the mind of every fresh law graduate is that…
CAN I PRACTICE LAW IMMEDIATELY AFTER COMPLETING MY LLB, WITHOUT CLEARING THE AIBE?
- Yes, you can. After LLB, you will have to enroll yourself in the rolls of your State Bar Council. You will receive a ‘Certificate of Enrolment’. Then you have to submit an Undertaking to your SBC as per the guidelines of BCI provided here – http://www.barcouncilofindia.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Undertaking-for-Provisional-Practice.pdf, after which you can start your practice. In addition, you will have a two-year window to clear the AIBE and continue practicing law.
If you do not clear the AIBE within two years from the date of enrolment with the State Bar Council, you will have to stop practicing law.
You can continue to take the next AIBE exam. You can recommence your law practice after you clear the AIBE and receive the ‘Certificate of Practice’ from BCI.
All other FAQs related to AIBE are provided on the below link
The site is not updated regularly. Therefore, some information on it may be outdated.
Keep yourself updated through their official website for any type of changes regarding the exam.
Contact them you are clueless about something and really need help. They usually do reply within 1 working day (personal experience).
AIBE is comparatively an easy examination, provided you make a proper preparation plan & stick to it.
All the best for your exam..!!